Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

Sprawled bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa atoll testify to the ferocity of the battle for this stretch of sand during the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands, in late November 1943. During the 3-day Battle of Tarawa, some 1,000 U.S. Marines died, and another 687 U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives when the USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

US Marine Combat Photographer S/Sgt. Norman Hatch with the 2nd US Marine Division, gives a drink of water to a stray kitten found hiding beneath a knocked out Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, at Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific. November 24 1943. The tank is missing it's turret which housed the 37mm Type 98 Anti -tank gun. On the eve of the Battle of Tarawa, Norman was in a small boat, bobbing in the waves toward the tiny Pacific Ocean atoll, together with Marines of the 2nd Marine Division…

US Marine Combat Photographer S/Sgt. Norman Hatch with the 2nd US Marine Division, gives a drink of water to a stray kitten found hiding beneath a knocked out Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, at Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific. November 24 1943. The tank is missing it's turret which housed the 37mm Type 98 Anti -tank gun. On the eve of the Battle of Tarawa, Norman was in a small boat, bobbing in the waves toward the tiny Pacific Ocean atoll, together with Marines of the 2nd Marine Division…

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

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The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943. Marines hunker down at seawall.

Lt Alexander Bonnyman (4th from right) and his assault party storming a Japanese stronghold. Bonnyman received the Medal of Honor posthumously

Lt Alexander Bonnyman (4th from right) and his assault party storming a Japanese stronghold. Bonnyman received the Medal of Honor posthumously

Tarawa.   I noticed that when you see pictures of the battle of TArawa, the marines are either shooting, running, duff under cover. This was a brutal battle in the pacific against a format able Japanese opponent.

Tarawa. I noticed that when you see pictures of the battle of TArawa, the marines are either shooting, running, duff under cover. This was a brutal battle in the pacific against a format able Japanese opponent.

The Battle of Tarawa - A Japanese Admiral said the islet couldn't be taken by 1,000,000 men over 100 years. The U.S. Marines took it in 76 hours. Image: moddb.com

The Battle of Tarawa - A Japanese Admiral said the islet couldn't be taken by 1,000,000 men over 100 years. The U.S. Marines took it in 76 hours. Image: moddb.com

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943..... most people have not heard of the battle there....

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943..... most people have not heard of the battle there....

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